Signal Battalion marks milestone

| August 4, 2011 | 0 Comments
Lt. Col. Jacqueline Brown (left), commander, 307th Expeditionary Sig. Bn., 516th Sig. Bde., 311th Sig. Command, receives assistance from Command Sgt. Maj. Stephfon Watson, senior enlisted leader, 307th Expeditionary Sig. Bn., in uncasing the colors at the battalion’s parade field, at HMR, July 28. (1st Lt. Brent Chapman | 307th Expeditionary Sigal Bn., 516th Sig. Bde., 311th Sig. Command)

Lt. Col. Jacqueline Brown (left), commander, 307th Expeditionary Sig. Bn., 516th Sig. Bde., 311th Sig. Command, receives assistance from Command Sgt. Maj. Stephfon Watson, senior enlisted leader, 307th Expeditionary Sig. Bn., in uncasing the colors at the battalion’s parade field, at HMR, July 28. (1st Lt. Brent Chapman | 307th Expeditionary Sigal Bn., 516th Sig. Bde., 311th Sig. Command)

Capt. Mallary Forrestel
307th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, 516th Sig. Brigade, 311th Sig. Command

Upon return, Brown turns over command to Bird during ceremony 

HELEMANO MILITARY RESERVATION — Two companies within the 307th Expeditionary Signal Battalion marked a milestone, as they uncased battalion colors, here, in an official ceremony signifying their safe return, after a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan, July 28.

Approximately 200 Soldiers from the 307th Expeditionary Sig. Bn., 516th Sig. Bde., 311th Sig. Command, deployed to the northern region of Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.

The battalion provided tactical command and control, and information system communications support to the International Security and Assistance Force Regional Command-North and U.S. Forces-Afghanistan.

This deployment was the unit’s first since the Vietnam War.

“Witnessing the physical and mental toughness of the 307th Expeditionary Sig. Bn. at their headquarters’ parade field and acknowledging their accomplishments before, during and after the deployment was a humbling reminder of our armed force’s tenacity and endurance after more than 10 years of combat operations in the Middle East,” said Brig. Gen. William Scott, commander, 311th Sig. Command.

The 307th Expeditionary Sig. Bn.’s accomplishments helped the battalion earn a reputation as a skilled, disciplined and dedicated unit that is recognized far outside the Pacific theater.

The battalion exceeds the footprint a traditional expeditionary signal battalion encompasses, according to Lt. Col. Scott Bird, the new battalion commander.

Accomplishments included an accelerated Warfighter Information Network-Tactical fielding to sustain the battalion’s transition from an Integrated Theater Sig. Bn. to an expeditionary signal battalion; preparation for deployment with less than 120 days notice; and simultaneous support of three geographic combatant commands: Company A supported Pacific Command, HHC and Co. B supported Central Command, and Co. C supported Northern Command.

“My Soldiers seized every opportunity to excel at (their) missions and become a part of history,” said 1st Lt. Brent Chapman, platoon leader, Co. B, 307th Expeditionary Sig. Bn.

Chief Warrant Officer Brian Newton, primary network engineer for “Task Force Dragon,” said a common catch phrase carried HHC through the tough times of expanding tactical communications in Northern Afghanistan, and through establishing the first-ever strategic points of presence in the region.

“If it was easy, they wouldn’t have sent the 307th,” he said, quoting the catch phrase.

During the ceremony to uncase the colors, Bird took command of the 307th Expeditionary Sig. Bn. from outgoing commander, Lt. Col. Jacqueline Brown.

“Bird is the right man, with the right qualifications, at the right time, to take this unit to new heights,” said Col. Scott Baer, commander, 516th Sig. Bde.

 

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